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Parkersburg Homecoming Festival moves to 2-day event

PARKERSBURG — Moving from a three-day to a two-day festival, the 2017 Parkersburg Homecoming Festival continues its tradition of combining rising country artists and classic rockers to appeal to a wide range of tastes. The weekend event also includes the annual Parkersburg News and ...

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The fifth annual Kyle Bankes Memorial 5K will be held in Beverly Saturday, honoring Bankes, who died in 2013 at the age of 22.

Kyle Bankes Memorial 5K set for Saturday

BEVERLY — Each year, as the Kyle Bankes Memorial 5K winds through the village, the runners and walkers pass the place where Bankes rests in the Beverly Cemetery. Passing that spot, with sometimes 100 or more of the people who cared so much for Kyle, is emotional but also a highlight for his ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company to hold class registration

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company and Academy of Fine Arts is announcing its 2017-2018 season and Class Registration Day. The MOVB Company will present the annual “Nutcracker” in November and December and a new original ballet based on the classic fairy tale ...

The Castle in Marietta to host Mound Cemetery program

MARIETTA — The Castle of Marietta is going to be taking residents through Mound Cemetery at 10 a.m. Saturday to explore the World War I soldiers buried there. “This is the centennial edition tour of the Mound Cemetery where we will talk about the veterans that are buried there,” said ...

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Carolina Alvarez will portray Margaret Blennerhassett for a “Brunch with Margaret” on Aug. 17 on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park.

Blennerhassett Island slates activities

PARKERSBURG — As the summer season moves toward its end, special activities continue to be offered at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park through the month of August. The August activities include: the Birds of Prey presentation on Aug. 12; a Sundae Sunday Cruise on Aug. 13; Brunch ...

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The Carol Bidstrup art exhibit will be on display at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carol Bidstrup exhibit put on display at downtown Parkersburg Wesbanco

PARKERSBURG — The Carol Bidstrup art exhibit will be on display at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg. The exhibit can be viewed during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bidstrup has been drawing since ...

Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival crosses start line today

MARIETTA — The Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival kicks off today and will include a weekend full of fun outdoor recreation activities with a few IPAs and ales along the way. This is the seventh annual Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival featuring Marietta’s outdoor activities. The festival ...

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“Seussical Jr.” performers are, front row from left, Brooke Hoskins and Brynna Hoskins; back row from left, Ava Gorrell, Haven Blough, Fay Salisbury, Ryan Brown, Makayla Salisbury and Meadow Smith.

Artslink, Wayward Players to present ‘Seussical Jr.’

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Artslink and the Wayward Players will present “Seussical Jr.” Friday through Sunday with a cast of over 40 local children. The performances will be 7 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lincoln Theatre in New Martinsville. Reserved seat tickets ...

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Popular singer Bucky Covington will kick off the 85th annual Belpre Homecoming Festival on Thursday at Civitan Park.

Belpre Homecoming begins today

BELPRE — The 85th annual Belpre Homecoming Festival begins today at Civitan Park in Belpre and runs through Saturday. The Homecoming entertainers will be Bucky Covington today, Eliminator KC, a ZZ Top tribute band on Friday, and Rick K and the Allnighters on Saturday. The festival will also ...

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Rob Caudill and The Tonight’s The Night Band, a Rod Stewart tribute, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Point Park Amphitheatre in downtown Parkersburg.

Point Park Concert Series to feature Rod Stewart tribute

PARKERSBURG — The Point Park Concert Series continues Friday with a concert by Rob Caudill and The Tonight’s the Night Band (tribute to Rod Stewart) at 8 p.m. at the Point Park Amphitheatre. The concert is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, concerts are held at the ...

Williamstown to hold Relay for Life on Friday

WILLIAMSTOWN —Relay for Life of Williamstown kicks off 5 p.m. Friday at Tomlinson Park. The theme of the annual Relay benefitting the American Cancer Society is Hope Lives Here. Among the events is the Road to Recovery Grand Prix where Relay teams build and decorate foot-powered cardboard ...

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Ravenswood to host Ohio River Festival

RAVENSWOOD — The annual Ohio River Festival will be Friday through Sunday at Riverside Park in Ravenswood. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 7 and under. The festival will feature a parade, entertainment, concessions, and other activities and attractions. Among the ...

Wirt County Fair runs through Saturday

ELIZABETH — The 2017 Wirt County Fair continues today through Saturday at Camp Barbe on West Virginia 14 near Elizabeth. The fair features track events, entertainment, concessions, carnival rides and livestock programs. Daily admission is $6 ages 3 and up and free for 2 years and under. A ...

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Tour actor and director Lexi Inks, of Florida, teaches local children their songs Wednesday as they prepare to play pumpkins in Saturday’s Missoula Children’s Theatre show “Cinderella” at Peoples Bank Theatre.

Missoula Children’s Theatre preps ‘Cinderella’

MARIETTA — Pumpkin pie, lords and ladies waltzing and singing mice are all the staples of this year’s Missoula Children’s Theatre production: “Cinderella.” “Give it all you’ve got, can you give it all your energy?” asked Lexi Inks, tour actor and director, as she blocked and ...

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Dave Rose, left, tosses a cornhole bag in last year’s Wirt County Fair Cornhole Tournament on Saturday as Ron Steele looks on. The 2017 Wirt County Fair runs Aug. 2-5 at Camp Barbe in Wirt County.

Wirt County Fair to run Aug. 2-5

ELIZABETH — The 2017 Wirt County Fair will be Aug. 2-5 at Camp Barbe on West Virginia 14 near Elizabeth. The fair will feature four days of track events, entertainment, concessions, carnival rides and livestock programs. Daily admission is $6 ages 3 and up and free for 2 years and under. ...

Shaggers to hold dance in Belpre

BELPRE — The Mid-Ohio Valley Shaggers Dance Club will hold its 14th annual “Shaggin’ By the River” dance from 3-11 p.m. July 29 at the Belpre Shrine Club at 1255 Blennerhassett Ave. The cost is $35 a person, which includes a dance workshop and dinner. Pre-registration is required for ...

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Harpist Daza to perform at Parkersburg Art Center

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center will be hosting traditional Colombian harpist Hildo Aril Agurra Daza today, as part of a multi-city tour. From 10:20-11:00 a.m., he will be leading a group lesson and short concert for the 30 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders attending Camp Creativity at the ...

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Military historians consider Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson one of the most gifted tactical commanders in history. A program on Jackson (portrayed by Doug Riley) will be presented at the July 20 Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley meeting.

Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley to meet July 20

MARIETTA — A discussion on the issues leading up to the American Civil War, from the perspective of a Confederate general, will be the focus of the next regular meeting of the Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. July 20 at St. Luke’s Episcopal ...